Exploring Melbourne

Useful Links: Melbourne

Visit Tourism Victoria for comprehensive information about Melbourne and Victoria. 

Melbourne is a creative, exciting, ever-changing city with extraordinary surprises to be discovered in every basement, rooftop and laneway. You just have to be curious enough to venture off the beaten path.

While fairly compact in size, Melbourne’s CBD is split into distinct areas, each with its own fortes and flavours. Bourke Street Mall offers no-strings-attached retail therapy, Chinatown is all dumplings and heritage, Collins Street knows how posh you really are, Flinders quarter squeezes your creative juices, and the sports precinct’s fever is contagious. The alleys and laneways, conventional and vertical, make their own rules, and encourage you to break them.

Melbourne’s climate is temperate and variable with no great extremes and one of the lowest rainfall levels in Australia. For further information, visit www.bom.gov.au 

City Tours

  • Walking tours, covering architecture, history, shopping, chocolate, food, and laneways.
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens are very close to the city, and include a children’s garden, and activities such as an Aboriginal Heritage Walk.
  • Use the Free City Circle Tram aimed for tourists and running along the CBD’s outermost areas.

Melbourne Arts

Day/Weekend Trip

City Sights

Melbourne Shopping Hours

As a general guide, trading hours for city shops are:

Saturday to Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-7pm
Friday – 10am-9pm

Hours of operation often vary between shops and areas.

Melbourne Taxis

Taxis can be hailed in the street if their sign is illuminated. Orange lights indicate that the taxi is not for hire. Contact numbers within Australia are:

  • Arrow 13 22 11
  • CABS 13 22 27
  • Black Cabs 13 22 27
  • Embassy 13 17 55
  • North Suburban 13 11 19
  • Silver Top 13 10 08
  • Dandenong Taxis +613 9791 2111
  • Frankston Cabs +613 9786 3322
  • West Suburban +613 9689 1144 

Melbourne Visitor Services

Melbourne Greeter Service

Free personal orientations of the city with a local volunteer who shares your interest and speaks your language are available seven days a week. Bookings must be made three days in advance, phone +61 3 9658 9658 

City Ambassadors and Info Booth

Melbourne’s Ambassadors wear distinctive red uniforms and rove the streets providing free information to visitors. Ask them for directions or ideas for things to do or see. The Melbourne Visitor Booth is located in Bourke Street Mall and operates Monday to Saturday: 9am–5pm and Sunday: 10am–5pm. 

Melbourne Visitor Centre

Federation Square
Corner Swanston and Flinders streets
T: +61 3 9658 9658